About Us

Captain Mark Kocina and Family
Captain Mark Kocina and Family

We are a locally owned and operated company with strong ties to the central coast community. Capt. Mark, his wife Jen Carroll (a CalPoly professor), and daughter Sierra live in Los Osos and enjoy sharing the beauty of the central coast with locals and visitors alike. It is our goal at Central Coast Sailing Charters to make every sail an unforgettable experience. 

Captain Mark Kocina


Captain Mark Kocina has over 34 years of experience leading safe, entertaining and educational boating adventures. As a professional mariner he has maintained an impeccable safety record while taking over 13,000 passengers sailing, rafting and kayaking in some of the most remote parts of the world. He has enjoyed a wide variety of working experiences in the Maritime field. Highlights include rowing the stunt camera boat for Universal pictures hit film "The River Wild" with Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon to leading the US white Water team to a Silver medal at the 1996 world championships on the Zambezi River in central Africa. Delivering sailboats from Seattle Washington to New York City via the Panama canal and sailing from St Thomas USVI to Morro Bay with his family in 2007. More recently Captaining a 65 ft research vessel for the Monterey Bay Aquarium for a wide variety of projects over a 3 year period before starting Central Coast Sailing Charters. Ask him about tagging of Great White Sharks at the Farallon Islands if you are interested in a first hand account of seeing a 20 ft shark. You will find he is always excited to teach new sailors and greatly enjoys sharing information about the natural environment. Mark is a licensed United States Coast Guard 100 ton master endorsed for sailing and towing. 

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  • Honolulu Hawaii Marine Academy 100 Tons
  • FCC Marine Radio Operator
  • USCG 50 Ton Captains License W/ Towing Endorsement
  • CPR/AED Professional Rescuer
  • PADI Diver


  • Sealife Conservation
  • USGS
  • USCG Non Emergency Tows
  • Cal-Poly
  • University Research
  • Fugro
  • Clean-Seas
  • Fish & Wildlife
  • National Geographic
  • BBC
  • Discovery

Contact Us

(805) 540-4667